The Udall Park Land Exchange Completion Act (H.R. 1547) passed the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday on a 401-0 vote. The bill now advances to the U.S. Senate.
The measure was led by U.S. Rep. Martha McSally and supported of Arizona's congressional delegation. The bill would finalize a 28-year-old land exchange between the City of Tucson and the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
The legislation would allow the City of Tucson to own outright the 172.8-acre parcel of land on which Udall Park sits. Documents from the 1989 land exchange indicate it was the intention of the BLM to transfer full title to the City for Udall Park without any constraints on how to develop it. Due to staffing changes and other reasons, the deal was never finalized, and commercial activity currently is prohibited.
For more information about the bill, and to see earlier testimony from Rep. McSally and Tucson City Manager Michael Ortega, please follow the links below.